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June 18, 2010

100 Years Ago in the Forward

Forsyth Street resident Feige Gabeh, 20, disappeared this week and is rumored to be in hiding with Joe Shuster, a former boarder in her parents’ home who also disappeared from his wife and two children. Shuster and Gabeh, who knew each other from the Old Country, were having an affair under the noses of Gabeh’s parents, who took Shuster in because he was a landsman. When Shuster’s wife and children came over from Russia, he moved out of the Gabeh’s apartment and into a room on Allen Street. Gabeh continued to visit him and became close friends with his wife, too. But neighbors began to talk, saying that Gabeh and Shuster were too close and that it would end badly, which it apparently has.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

A large fire broke out under the chuppah at a wedding hall on the Lower East Side, the result of a short circuit in the light bulbs strung across the canopy. Thus far, four people are dead and more than a dozen have been injured. When the lights began exploding, the groom, Louis Shein, grabbed his bride, Pearl Sokolower, and carried her out of the hall. Both bride and groom were treated for burns to the face and hands. In the ensuing panic, many people were trampled. Among the dead are the groom’s mother, Sophie Shein, and two guests, Sophie Zuckerman and Lillian Lanton. Paul Stricker, a student at City College, was severely burned while attempting to rescue children. He died of his wounds.

50 Years Ago in the Forward

The Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, said this week in Paris that Israel is the only country in the world where Adolf Eichmann, architect of the destruction of European Jewry, can be tried. Meanwhile, Israel’s foreign minister, Golda Meir, is in New York for talks with U.N. Chief Dag Hammarskjöld regarding a potential debate about the legality of Israel’s abduction of Eichmann. Hammarskjöld appears to be attempting to reduce interest in the debate, as he understands that such an event will not bring any prestige to the U.N. Meir, in the meantime, is prepared to speak on Israel’s behalf.

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